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Realism in Literature Flashcards

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The Million Pound Bank Note
A rare story by Twain that is set in London, instead of in America. It is still very concerned with the social history of the main character.
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Mark Twain
A prolific writer of Realist fiction. He's famous for writing The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and other works, many of which are concerned with the lives of ordinary people in the middle-class.
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The Awakening
Kate Chopin wrote this story that follows the life of a woman named Edna as she begins to question traditional gender roles while losing interest in social obligations or domestic duties.
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Kate Chopin
A writer in the 19th century Realism literary period who included feminist ideas in her works. These ideas influenced readers, but also made her books controversial.
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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave: Effects
In this book, Douglass included actual events that he experienced, making it a part of Realism. These events actually impacted public opinion of abolitionism.
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Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
The autobiography of Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave. It's abolitionist in nature.
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House of Mirth
One of Edith Wharton's novels that criticizes high society and the enslaving power of money on the upper class. Like many Realist works, it takes a sharp look at social class.
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Age of Innocence
The 12th novel by Edith Wharton, published in 1920. It follows domestic issues in an upper-class family and earned the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
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The Yellow Wallpaper
Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote this short story about a woman restricted to a room where she slowly goes insane. It has feminist themes, addressing the restricted opportunities offered to women.
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Flashcard Content Overview

These flashcards cover the characteristics of the literary Realism. You'll also find cards that address Naturalism and its similarities to Realism. The work of writers such as Mark Twain, Kate Chopin and Henry James will be considered by the cards in this set. Additionally, you can focus on specific examples of Realism, including:

  • Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • My Antonia
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
  • House of Mirth
  • Age of Innocence
  • The Yellow Wallpaper
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The Yellow Wallpaper
Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote this short story about a woman restricted to a room where she slowly goes insane. It has feminist themes, addressing the restricted opportunities offered to women.
Age of Innocence
The 12th novel by Edith Wharton, published in 1920. It follows domestic issues in an upper-class family and earned the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
House of Mirth
One of Edith Wharton's novels that criticizes high society and the enslaving power of money on the upper class. Like many Realist works, it takes a sharp look at social class.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave
The autobiography of Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave. It's abolitionist in nature.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave: Effects
In this book, Douglass included actual events that he experienced, making it a part of Realism. These events actually impacted public opinion of abolitionism.
Kate Chopin
A writer in the 19th century Realism literary period who included feminist ideas in her works. These ideas influenced readers, but also made her books controversial.
The Awakening
Kate Chopin wrote this story that follows the life of a woman named Edna as she begins to question traditional gender roles while losing interest in social obligations or domestic duties.
Mark Twain
A prolific writer of Realist fiction. He's famous for writing The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and other works, many of which are concerned with the lives of ordinary people in the middle-class.
The Million Pound Bank Note
A rare story by Twain that is set in London, instead of in America. It is still very concerned with the social history of the main character.
Naturalism
A literary movement that came after Realism and was related to it, in a way. Writers in this period looked at things in a straightforward way and rejected artifice.
Naturalism: Themes
This literary movement was concerned with the real world. It saw social class as inescapable and nature as unconcerned with people. Writers didn't focus much on free will and bleakness prevailed.
Realism: Regional Dialect
Writers in this period often strove to accurately represent regional ways of speaking in their works. Much of Twain's work, including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn displays this.
Henry James
A Realist writer concerned with the conflict between people with old money and people with new money, particularly those from Europe clashing with people from America.
Daisy Miller
A novella by Henry James about a rich young American woman in Europe who eventually dies. The story focuses on those in the upper crust of society.
Realism
This literary movement began in 1865 in reaction to dissatisfaction with Romanticism. Growing numbers of the poor and a larger gap between haves and the haves not influenced this movement.
Realism: Characteristics
Many of the works in this period were concerned with the day to day responsibilities of providing for a family. A lot of attention was paid to characterization.
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
Twain wrote this funny short story about a trickster who doesn't succeed, getting tricked instead. It makes heavy use of regional dialect.
Uncle Tom's Cabin
An abolitionist novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe that is population by complex characters. The attention paid to these characters connects the novel to Realism.
My Antonia
Willa Cather wrote this novel in the Realism period. It looks at the life of average families of immigrants living on the prairie. It's divided into five sections, narrated by a man named Jim.

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